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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • sian
    Usk, United Kingdom
    3/7/13
    Overall
    "A peculiar but excellent read"

    Not a book that I would have chosen off the shelf, but something compelled me to read it and I'm so glad I did. The book is about an old man who escapes from a home. Nothing interesting about that - but fromthe start I was hooked into this simple but compelling story that weaves historical events into the life of the centinarian. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad and insightful, but always a simple tale of human nature and how the oddest of folks live out their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mags
    Hamilton, UK
    3/6/13
    Overall
    "FANTASTIC STORY"

    Very entertaining book, well read and really held my attention, I have recommended this book to people who would not normally read books its so enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    3/2/13
    Overall
    "Very Enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, though I enjoyed the 'present' story more than the one that went back in time. An usual and very enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    United Kingdom
    3/2/13
    Overall
    "Fab book"

    I loved this book. What a great story and it was narrated so well by Peter Kenny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Crawford
    Maidstone, UK
    3/1/13
    Overall
    "Fabulous - entertaining and beautifully read"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator is great and the story is so clever. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before and probably never will again. I think there's something in there to appeal to a wide audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Kent, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "excellent Farse"

    I listened to this on a long drive to Austria last week. It kept the whole car amused all the way there and back again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    London, United Kingdom
    2/16/13
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    "Suspend your disbelief..."

    This was a terrific story and great fun to follow all the twists and turns of the story. A warm and enjoyable story and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Swedish Forrest Gump"

    A lovely, funny and highly unbelievable yarn that I felt I needed to share with anyone who'd listen. Peter Kenny's narration was spot on, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neville
    Swansea, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Very Good Audio Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, funny, sad in places, Ironic sometimes. All in all a superbly written book, I was hooked from the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked
    England
    1/27/13
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    "Enchanting"

    This story takes you on a journey that will stay with you forever. It is truly enchanting. The adventures of this incredible centenarian, and the friends he meets on his way, will carry you along with him.

    Beautifully narrated, so easy to listen to, so difficult to switch off. I was intrigued by this man, yet slightly confused in the early chapters. It was only as the story gathered pace, that I began to fully appreciate the life that Alan had lead, and how that had brought him to this point on his 100th birthday.

    Brilliant book and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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